Anna Maria commissioners meeting in a special session Jan. 29, voted 3-1 to rescind a motion the commission passed Jan. 24 that halted all vacation rentals of less than 30 days in the Residential 1 zone.
R-1 encompasses all residential properties with the exception of the residential-office-retail land use. After hearing of the imminent complications of enforcement, commissioners voted to rescind the motion. Commissioner Chuck Webb, who introduced the Jan. 24 motion, voted against the measure.
Commissioner Dale Woodland voted against the Jan. 24 motion, saying then they should first get legal analysis and hold more discussion. Commission Chair John Quam and Gene Aubry agreed with Woodland at the Jan. 29 meeting. Commissioner Nancy Yetter was absent.
Woodland introduced a motion to rescind the Jan. 24 vote that was seconded by Aubry, who amended the motion to add urgency to solving the city’s rental problems.
Although Webb opposed rescinding his Jan. 24 motion, he suggested commissioners meet at 6 p.m. every Thursday until they find solutions to the nuisances caused by an abundance of vacation rentals in the city.
Webb claimed in his Jan. 24 motion that the city already prohibited vacation rentals of less than 30 days in the R-1 zone. Commissioners will hold a work session to begin seeking solutions on rentals at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.